Book Review: Call me Grim by Elizabeth Holloway

20703654Synopsis:

 

 

The truck should have turned Libbi Piper into a Libbi Pancake — and it would have, too, if Aaron hadn’t shown up and saved her life. The problem? Aaron’s the local Grim Reaper… and he only saved Libbi’s life because he needs someone to take over his job. Now, Libbi has two days to choose between dying like she was supposed to, or living a lonely life as Death Incarnate. Talk about a rock and a hard place.

And the choice goes from hard to sucktastic when her best friend shows up marked: condemned as a future murderer. Libbi could have an extra week to stop the murder and fix the mark… but only if she accepts Aaron’s job as Reaper, trapping herself in her crappy town forever, invisible and inaudible to everyone except the newly dead. But, if she refuses? Her best friend is headed straight for Hell.

About the Author:

Elizabeth Holloway is a writer of young adult fiction living in Southern Pennsylvania with her two teen children and their growing number of pets.

In addition to writing, she is a registered nurse, an avid reader, an out-of-practice artist, a karaoke singer, and music lover. She is still trying to decide what she wants to be when she grows up.

My Review:

Call me Grim, as its name suggests, features Grim Reapers. These seem to become into fashion of late and with their main theme of death and dying make for perfectly exciting YA books. The story in interesting and the prose is expertly written. It’s also first person perspective which is my favourite, as it connects the reader to the character on a more emotional level – which is definitely needed here.

 

From a writer’s perspective, it took a while to really get into it, so the more impatient reader might find it hard to cling onto, but they really should, as the further in you get, the quicker the pace becomes. The protagonist’s voice was very authentic teen, bit not overly enough to make you want to head-butt her every time she makes a bad decision or says something overtly teenage.  It was a little YA cliché in parts – but that’s okay, clichés are there for a reason, everybody is used to that trope/theme so they feel comfortably and are easy to follow through the plot and character arcs.

 

The front cover is another winner from Month9 – who is their front cover designer? It definitely stands out and I simply can’t fault it from a marketing perspective.

 

Overall, I’d give Call me Grim 4 out of 5 stars, a wonderful read wither you’re a teen or an adult.

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